Connectedness® Theme (CliftonStrengths®, formerly StrengthsFinder®)

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Gallup CliftonStrengths® is an assessment of personality, rooted in the theory of positive psychology. Research indicates that people who know and use their strengths every day are more likely to experience positive emotions (energy, happiness, respect) and less likely to experience negative emotions (stress, worry, anger, sadness). The assessment identifies an individual’s top five “Signature Themes” from a list of 34 common talents. Individuals can then develop those talents into strengths, and apply those strengths in all areas of their life.

Overview of the Connectedness® Strength

People who have Connectedness® as a strength believe that being connected doesn’t necessarily mean being geographically close to another, whether in a work setting or residential community. Rather, they believe it’s more about feeling connected and responsible for the outcome. They believe that we, as people, are all connected, and everyone plays a crucial role in successes and failures.

People who show Connectedness® through the Gallup Clifton StrengthsFinder® are people who believe they share a certain responsibility for the rest of the world. They believe harming others will be harming themselves. They have very definitive values and are often characterized by qualities of acceptance, considerateness, and caring. They may have a strong faith and be spiritually oriented.

If you are one who shows Connectedness® as your strength, you are a bridge builder. You seek to comfort others and your personal faith and beliefs shape who you are as a person and how you respond to the world around you.

Action Items for Connectedness® Theme

People who have the Connectedness® strength excel in roles where they have the opportunity to help others. They are extraordinary listeners and offer outstanding counsel. If you are someone who has the Connectedness® strength, you can do following things to maintain your center and focus.

Explore paths to achieve connectedness in action outside of the workspace. This can include book clubs, religious service organizations, volunteering, and/or joining civic organizations that transform Connectedness® into action.

Plan time for religious reflection and spiritual growth.

Help coworkers and employees understand how important they are to the overall project, team, and organization.

Help people in your life cope with things that test their faith or deal with the unexpected or unpredicted. Provide them with comfort and a different perspective.

Ideal careers for people with the Connectedness® strength include: Clergy/Ministry, Teachers, Doctors, Nurses, Counselors, Missionaries.

Some people with Connectedness® as strengths invest a great amount of time volunteering with organizations that reflect their values or go to work for organizations that support values important to them.

How To Manage Someone with Connectedness® Theme

Managing someone with the Connectedness® strength requires you to listen closely to social and other issues that are important to the employee and accept them in a manner that allows you to build a deeper connection and relationship with that employee. These are other traits you’ll want to keep in mind when managing someone who has the Connectedness® strength.

Accept and accommodate their strong spiritual orientation and faith system even if you don’t share it. This helps them feel more comfortable around you.

Encourage them to build bridges with other teams and groups within your organization. Their abilities to see the Connectedness® between all groups will be a strength here and something they can feel passionate about doing.

Enlist their help when developing mission statements. It is a strong point for them and makes them feel like they are part of something bigger.

Share your own Connectedness®, if that is one of your strengths, it can help you develop a stronger bond with them and allows you to reinforce your collective focus.

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